Many years ago, in my readings about meditation and the Christian contemplative tradition, I would see frequent mention of Michael Molinos, a medieval Catholic priest, and his book, The Spiritual Guide. At the time, however, I could find no complete copy of his book.
Molinos is a fascinating figure. Says one website: "So powerful was its influence on Europe that within 6 years of its release this book had been translated into every language in Western Europe. In Naples, Italy it was said that 20,000 Christians gathered in small groups to practice inward prayer. Michael Molinos came closer to reforming the Catholic Church than any other single man in history, yet he ended up sealed in a dungeon, his book condemned. A man so controversial that even until today the Vatican will not release the transcript of his (secret) trial."
I could find no complete edition of his famous book, so in 1997 I obtained a printout of a microfilm copy of a 1688 English edition, transcribed it, posted it on the Internet, and uploaded it to the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
Over the years I've recieved some complimentary emails about the transcription A few years ago Mrs. M. R. Pajas kindly sent corrections for a few typos. The corrections laid upon my desk for some time. Recently, I incorporated the corrections into a new downloadable PDF file, available HERE. The new PDF is in 6*9 inch format.
I'm also making a paper copy of the PDF file available from CreateSpace. If you're interested, go to https://www.createspace.com/3475228.
I expect to have a Kindle version available soon.
Christian Books Publishing House
P.O. Box 285
Sargent, GA 30275     The book has an interesting article on The Life and Times of Michael Molinos and is inexpensive.